Sunday, January 15, 2017

"Full Measure" with Sharyl Attkisson deals with "Threat Matrix" and possible cyber attacks on banking system, power grids

WJLA’s “Full Measure” with Sharyl Attkisson Sunday morning dealt with the “threat matrix”. 
CIA director Brennan warned that a cyberattack on Wall Street and banks is possible, wiping out 401(k)’s.  Like Ted Koppel, he warns of a cyberattack on the power grids (he didn’t mention EMP or “One Second After”). He even thinks a cyberattack on the Pentagon or NSA is possible, which I have always taken as a baseline of security to be followed (like my saying electric utilities need military-grade security).

Brennan thinks we are safer than we were in 2002, but less safe than in 2009. Radical Islam spreads in poor and underdeveloped areas of the world, especially Africa.

There was also a stark warning about North Korea, which could conceivably reach the US West Coast, or at least Alaska, with a nuclear warhead on an ICBM by 2019. It is not clear that NORAD is prepared for it.  There is also a question on whether the US nuclear force should always be on high alert (Fareed Zakaria).
Atkinson also looked at coal miners’ jobs, focusing on Pennsylvania.  Natural gas has replaced coal because it is cheaper and especially cleaner with respect to CO2.  But there is a new clean coal power plant near Pittsburgh.
For every miner that gets laid off, four other people are affected. 

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